SANDAKAN: The Wildlife Department has set up traps to catch a crocodile in the river at Kampung Melayu Batu 8 after a teenager was bitten by the reptile Monday.
Sandakan Wildlife Officer Hussein Muin said that operation to catch the reptile was still ongoing, adding that a notice board was also put up to remind residents not to carry out any activity in the river.
In the 12.30 pm Monday incident, Arsil Aikmal, 13, was bitten by the crocodile when he was bathing in the river near his aunt’s house.
The orphan boy, however, managed to escape the crocodile’s jaws with the help of his cousins and friends who quickly dragged him out of the river.
He is currently recovering after receiving 15 stitches on his chest, four on his back, five on the thigh and had two lacerations on the right knee.
Hussein said while the community was aware of crocodiles in the area, this was the first time a resident was actually attacked, adding that there was previously a case of a dog being devoured by a crocodile near the village.
Meanwhile in TAWAU, an eight-year-old girl is feared drowned or devoured by a crocodile while bathing and washing clothes at the Sungai Kalabakan near here Tuesday.
Tawau District police chief ACP Fadil Marsus said Nur Aliyah Ansar of Sekolah Kebangsaan Ulu Kalabakan went missing while following her aunt bathing and washing clothes at the river.
“However, the aunt didn’t notice the child was missing,” he said in a statement here.
A search and rescue party involved more than 60 villagers, policemen and firemen.